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Model Village Helps Others to Improve Through Training Program
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Huaxi Village in east China's Jiangsu Province, supposedly the richest village in China, will begin to provide a training program for other villages from all over the country in March this year.


The program will be available for 50,000 village leaders and will be helpful for them to improve their leadership skills, Sun Haiyan, deputy secretary of Huaxi Village Communist Party Committee (CPC), was quoted as saying by the Beijing-based China Daily.


His village will train 10,000 village leaders from provinces across the country every year during the 11th Five-Year Plan (2006-10) in order to share with them Huaxi's experience.


Huaxi, which has been the country's richest village since 2000, has been designated by the central government as a model village.


Its experience in economic and cultural development has been much publicized during the past few years.


"We will pay for all their accommodation and training expenses. Our sole goal is to help more villages in China develop faster," said Sun.


Currently more than 6,000 village leaders have sent in their applications, according to Sun.


"We will select the proper candidates together with the local organization bureaux. We will give priority to leaders from western China and women," Sun said.


Meng Wen'an, the leader of Shayang Village in Jiangsu Province, is among the 6,000 initial applicants.


Meng has visited Huaxi several times every year since 1999 and has already implemented several of its policies in his own village.


"The methods have worked and improved the life of our villagers," said Meng with excitement. "So I want to learn more."


According to Sun, the training program mainly is about Huaxi's own experience in township enterprise management, village administration and profit allocation.


Lectures given by experts and discussions among leaders are also part of the program.


Sun said it was the first time that Huaxi had provided systematic training to other village leaders, although it has long been helping others.


With pillar industries such as steel, textiles and tourism, Huaxi Village generated 30 billion yuan (US$3.6 billion) in 2005.


The fact that every family lives in a villa, owns at least one car and people live in harmony has impressed many visitors from both home and abroad.


The village, covering an area of 0.96 square kilometers, has a population of 1,520.


In 2004, the annual income per capita in Huaxi was around 120,000 yuan (US$15,000), while the national average income per farmer was 2,900 yuan (US$362). A city dweller earned on average 9,400 yuan (US$1,175).


(Xinhua News Agency January 16, 2006)


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